Nason On Education "Lock-Step" March Slows Many Children's Progress By DR. LESLIE J. NASON Professor of Education, USC. Our children have been marching through school in lock-step formation long enough. Back in the Little Red Schoolhouse days, children either passed or they didn't. IMhe seals got too tight for them, it was regarded as an extra incentive for learning. The bright little guy skipped right ahead without too much fuss, learning whatever there was to learn, even if he had to sit on a pile of books in one of the "big kids' ""scats. It wasn't perfect, by any means, and a great many critics didn't like it. They said it was demeaning to those who couldn't keep up. It was. They said it led to social adjustment problems. It did. Worst of all, they said it was squeezing children into an artificial pattern That may have been true, too. So they set up a new artificial NASON lallcrn. Now cverytxxly moves ahead, on a "ready or not, here I come" basis. Everybody remains with his own age group- even the bright little guy. The seal now fits — only the curriculum is too tight. This pattern completely disregards the principle that children should be taught at the rate they can learn, not according to rigid schedule. The pattern has been established for enough years now so that it has dug itself a nice, comfortable groove. All children start school at the same age and follow identical patterns of work each year. " Occasionally one hears a bit of public indignation that seventh graders still can't read or that exceptionally bright second graders are are losing interest in school. The complaints aren't loud enough to cause too much of a stir. They quickly fade from view. The fact of the mailer is lhat the presenl situation has become administratively c omforta- ble. School operation has become a big business and our present system is tailor-made to the pro- Weidner Passes Sunk KU, Tigers By SKIPPER PATRICK Associated Press Sports Writer GaJe Weidner isn't a man known for game-after-game consistency on a football field, but you could never convince Missouri and Kansas of that. Quarterback Weidner threw a second-quarter touchdown pass of 21 yards to halfback Bill Harris that, coupled with Jerry Hillebrand's conversion, pave Colorado a 7-6 victory over Missouri Saturday. The Colorado victory — which wasn't sealed until Bill Tobin's duction-line approach. Children must move according to sched ule; have their 13th birthdays in junior high, their 18th in high school. Otherwise there would be a bottleneck. The slow learners would pile up in the lower grades. Bright students in knee pants and short skirts would create social problems in the high schools. In our present situation, the school administrator can settle al the problems and difficulties o loads, schedules and room assign ments by simple arithmetic with out even looking at the students Sometimes this can lead to ex pensive education. In one school, in a major city a group of superior students wer given both fourth and fifth grade in one year—with excellent re suits. The next year, the sam group (about 20) were required to repeat the fifth grade, in company with some average and below-average students, just because there weren't enough of them to fill a room. Administrative bungling? Whatever it was, it cost the school district a year's education for 20 students — just about $6,000. This may be an isolated example — or it may not. It isn't the sort of thing that schools are anxious to publicize. There simply isn't any doubt that the present "lock-step" idea slows the progress of a great many children, just as it forces too much "remedial" work into the higher grades, where it seldom can be accomplished. Al the same time, nobody who remembers both situations has much interest in returning to the old "stay - there - until-you've- ACCRA, Ghana (AP)-A British I learned-it" method of doing Cabinet minister arrived in Accra'; thin S s - eitner ' today to determine if bomb- planting opponents of President Kwame Nkrumah threaten the safety of Queen Elizabeth II, due j There are better answers. But Thursday for an official visit to j we'll never get them without pub- this West African member of the i lie demand. The administrators Commonwealth. I have their systems working Duncan Sandys, commonwealth I smoothly and they're satisfied if relations secretary, hurriedly flew | you are. The teachers can't CHARLIE ADMIRES NEW BROTHER - Charlie McCarthy joins two of his pals, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Bergen, in looking over Bcrgens' 3-wecks-old boy, Kris Edgar, as baby joinp'l his family lor a first picture in Hollywood. Ventriloquist and wife, also have a 15-year-old daughter. Mother Didn't Have To Speak Probe Ghana Bomb Blasts General Custer Is Top Horse j SEDALIA, Mo. (AP)-The grand j champion of the three-day Apa- loosa horse show which ended Sun- jday is Genera! Custer, owned by Charles Peterson of Atkinson, Neb. The reserve champion is Saska Sundog, owned by James W. Graham, Ellisville, Mo. Fifty horses were entered in the show. Bashir, who recently visited the United States, has said he was making twice that much as a camel driver. There's the problem. But what is the solution? There certainly must be one that will work better. from London for a talk with field goal try for Missouri in the ! Nkrumah about the security out, . ' .. look. last 40 seconds went wide-came, Sandys , missjon js )o detcrminc close to assuring the Buffaloes of i whether the queen and her hus- the Big Eight championship and I band Prince Philip, can safely change the system against the wishes of their employers. (If you have a question for Dr. Nason, write him in care of this newspaper. While he cannot undertake individual corres- a trip to the Orange Bowl. ! undertake their scheduled 11-day j pondence, he will discuss ques- Earlicr in the season. Weidner visit in view of the b° mbin g s s ^' i tions of general interest in his urday, which damaged Nkrumah's statue in front of Parliament and a freedom arch in Black Star Square. threw three touchdown passes in the last quarter to give Colorado t 20-19 victory over Kansas, also at Boulder. And it was Weidncr's passes three seasons ago — his sophomore year—that shot down both Kansas and Missouri. While Colorado was outlasting Missouri to extend its undefeated and untied string to six games, J MEXICO CITY ( A p)_Mexico's five in the Big Eight, Kansas | wt air , ine Aer onaves de jumped on Nebraska 28-6 at Lin- Mcxic() was g,. ounded today by coin and moved into second place at 4-1, half a game ahead of Missouri, 3-1. The Oklahoma Sooner s ended their longest losing streak on record—five games—by beating Kansas State 17-6 at Manhattan, Kan. Iowa State and Oklahoma State did nothing to help Big Eight prestige. Iowa State was beaten by Boston College 14-10 and OSU fell to Wichita 25-13. column.) Colorado steps out of the conference Saturday to tangle with Utah, while Missouri and Kansas begin pointing to their season finale against each other in Lawrence, Kan., Nov. 25. Missouri has the toughest job this week, meeting still dangerous Oklahoma in Columbia, Mo. Oklahoma hasn't been beaten badly by anyone, despite records of 1-5 for the season and 1-3 in the conference. Kansas will meet Kansas State's game but undermanned Wildcats in Lawrence Saturday. The Wildcats have lost five straight since starting with victories over Indiana and Air Force. Nebraska, 1-3 and 2-4-1, and Iowa State, 3-2 and 4-3, play in Ames, Iowa. Colorado has conference games remaining with Nebraska next week in Lincoln, and with Iowa State, Nov. 25 at home, before it can hoist the championship flag. Oklahoma State, 1-4 and 2-5, is idle this week. Strike Grounds Mexican Airline a strike of pilots asking a 22 per cent salary increase. Other flight personnel and ground crews joined in the walkout. CERAMIC WALLS & FLOORS FORMICA TOPS Inlaid Linoleum TILE Christian Bros. FLOORS CH 2-2285 Ottawa Insurance On Everything Porter - Spears AGENCY Tom Porter — Phone CH 2-3007 — George Spears Design Windows o For Shelters CORNING, N.Y. (AP) - Radiation-tight windows that would provide a glimpse of the outside from a family fallout shelter have been developed by Corning Glass Works. 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Ask about our economy model "R" teriet 300 Gallon Bulk Tank Completely Installed $1,500 MEETS 3-A STANDARDS UnderWOOdpibg. and Trenching Bashir Offered Government Job KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's government has offered Bashir Ahmad a lifetime job at half his previous pay. The j well-traveled camel driver has not decided whether to take it. The Ministry of Oil and Gas offered Bashir the post of caretaker at a salary of $60 a month with a pension when he retires. Fire Leaves Many Homeless KANSAS CITY (AP) - Twentysix families were made homeless Sunday night by a fire that destroyed part of the upper floors of a four-story apartment building. A passing motorist saw the flames, turned in the alarm and helped alert the occupants. No one was injured. The loss was estimated at $30,000. The fire apparently started on a back porch. The cause wasn't known. OMAHA, Neb. (AP)-Don't say word, the judge cautioned. So, .hough she had waited 16 months For this moment, Mrs. Harley Sax, 23, walked into the FBI office without a word. The 4-year-old blonde she found there looked at Mrs. Sax. In her blue eyes the watching judge saw a look of recognition. The young Albuquerque, N.M.. mother broke into tears. The child ran into her arms. There was no question, said Judge Seward L. Hart after the reunion Sunday, that the girl was Brenda Marlene Jennings, daughter of Mrs. Sax by a previous marriage. She had disappeared from her grandarents" home in Guthrie, Okla., June 27, I960. The mother had sought the child in 14 states, but it was the FBI and Judge Hart, of the Omaha Juvenile Court, who finally brought them together. Judge Hart and Thomas Gcarty. special agent in charge of the Omaha FBI office, said they had pieced together this story: \ The night Brenda disappeared i she had ben permitted to accom- Ipanv Billy Don Nelson, 29, of ! Guthrie, a family friend, on an ! errand. Nelson and the child vanished. In August, 1960, neighbors in Omaha reported a little girl crying at an upstairs window. The child officers found behind a double-padlocked door had dyed hair. She was healthy, but the room was filthy. The man who posed as her father used the name of Jack Wil aanks. He had served a 10-day vagrancy sentence. Working with the name Wilbanks, Judge Hart and the FBI learned of the missing girl in Oklahoma. Wilbanks is the name of Mrs. Sax's parents with whom Brenda had been staying. The FBI said a comparison of pictures indicated the man who used the Wilbanks name in Omaha and Billy Don Nelson are the same individual. He is sought under a federal warrant charging unlawful flight, Gearty said. FHE OTTAWA HERALD Monday, November 6, 1961 Sees Plenty Cuban Jobs Severe Storm Hits Athens ATHENS (AP) - Torrential rains, hail and hurricane-f ore* winds lashed the Athens area for four hours early today, leaving behind 34 dead, at least 50 missing, 300 injured and 3,000 homeless. The storm, the worst in memory, crumbled houses and turned streets into rivers more than 8 feet deep. The storm broke about 3* a.m. and subsided about 7. "A biblical deluge," said one' police officer directing rescue operations. Storm damage was also reported in other parts of Greece, but details were lacking. HAVANA (AP) - Economic chief Ernesto Guevara says unemployment will be wiped out in Cuba by the end of 1962. Fidel Castro's pro-Communist industries minister told a meet ing of directors of state factories and farms there will be no pay increases for workers next year except for special cases. He said his would be necessary to create new jobs and to reduce produc- ion costs. KEEN TV SERVICE 114 S. 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